Abilene Reporter News, November 21, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

November 21, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1970, Abilene, Texas Holliday Upsets Albany Lions, 27 Jim Ned 23 43 26 L'view 14 Burk 31 Steph 30 Rochester Holds Off Coleman Rally, 21-13 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 80TH YEAR, NO. 161 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 21, 1970--THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS We SUNDAY Associated Army Medals Going to Dogs? Red-Faced Officials Admit It WASHINGTON Army officials admitted Friday two dogs were among 21 members of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam approved for bronze star medals last month. "Griffin M. Canine" and "Smokey M. Griffin" were among those listed in Genera) Order 10620 citing them "for meriterious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force" earlier this year. An Army spokesman said the order was revoked Thursday after learning it was a hoax. The mailer is under investigation, the .spokesman said. "It might have been funny at another time, but it isn't funny the spokesman said. Officials both in the Pentagon and in Saigon are in the midst of a review of the military's award system which was prompted by Die award of a silver star medal to a general last month. The Army revoked the medal after Investigation showed It Was based on a citation for heroism fabricated by two enlisted men acting under orders. The Army said it learned of the dog hoax when Richard Dudman of the St. Louis Post Dispatch inquired about a letter the newspaper received from Army Spec. 5 Dennis C. Wilson in Vietnam. "I myself have received the bronze star medal and have worked hard for Wilson wrote. "Other men have died for theirs. What does this mean to a family whose son had died for his country that a Sgt. Major's dog who lies by the door all day should receive the same medal." Mitchell Innocent Sergeant Slumps in Chair for Verdict Manson: Tve Killed No One FORT HOOD, Tex. (AP) The first American soldier to he tried in the alleged My Lai massacre was found innocent Friday by a military jury after six hours and 60 minutes. S. Sgt. David Mitchell saluted the jury before it announced it had exonerated him of an as- sault to murder charge that had been filed against him Oct. 28, 1969. Mitchell's wife, Rosa, stood up and shouted, as the ver- dict was read. Col. George R. Robinson, mil- itary judge, banged his gavel and ordered, "Sit down in the courtroom." Mitchell returned to Ms seat and was patted on the shoulder by his attorney, Ossie Brown. Mitchell, 30, a 10-year Army veteran, with two Good Con- duct Medals and a Bronze Star awarded for action in Vietnam, sat slumped in his chair. Mitchell's father, the Rev. Is- iah Mitchell who is pastor of the 80-member Raspberry Baptist Church in St. Francisville, La., and his mother also were here for Mitchell's trial. After the jury retired, Mitch- CALLEY, Pg. 2-A ell's father said, "The onliest thing we can do now is pray." It was a personal victory for Mitchell's lawyer, who handled the case without fee and who collapsed of physical exhaustion Oct. 22, the day the defense was to begin presenting its case. Brown's hair inexplicably turned white in the hospital and he dyed it black before the court reconvened Nov.' 16. Rrown contrasted sharply in dress with the jurors, judge and Army attorneys in the case. LOS ANGELES (AP) 'Hie defense rested its case In the 23-week-old Sharon Tale murder trial Friday after a dramatic surprise witness stand mono- logue by Charles Manson, who said: "I've killed no one and I've ordered no one killed." His three women co-defend- ants, who said Thursday they were determined to testify and give the jury "the changed their minds and de- clined. The Judge then recessed the trial until Monday Nov. 30 to al- low both sides time to prepare for tinal arguments. Manson, who testified In the absence of the jury so any inad- missible statements could be eliminated, declined to repeat it for the panel and thus the Jury heard not a word oi testimony from any defendant, Friday's fast-moving, unex- pected actions matched those of Th'ursday when the defense, supposed (o open its case, rest- ed. Attorneys said they didn't want (he three women lo in- criminate themselves by testi- fying. Manson volunteered to take the stand when the women said they would speak out only in the presence of the Jury. After he finished his rambling but some- times moving account of his and philosophy the judge asked If, he would repeat it for the jury. "It's not Manson said, because "what I've said before I've already forgotten There's reason to put on a defense, but my counsel doesn't know the questions. He doesn't know the case. .The women each said softly, when asked 11 they wished to testify. Attorney Paul FitigeraW, speaking for the defense, said the women gave no reason for changing their minds about tes- indicated Char- lie had summed up more elo- quently than anything they could say." The judge ordered the jurors lo disregard any earlier refer, ences to testimony hy the defen- dants, and told jurors he regrett- ed the week-long recess. He rait- ed that "a great deal of time has been saved because of de- velopments of the last few days conceivably months." Presen- tation of Ihe defense case had been expected to be lengthy. Manson's attorney moved for a mistrial after he stepped from the stand, on grounds the jury might somehow get word of what he said. The Judge turned him down. Manson, 36, chieftain of a rov- ing hippie type family, is on trial with the others charged with murder and conspiracy. He is accused of planning the shoot- ing-stabbing deaths to touch off a black-white revolution, then of See MANSON, Pg. 3-A On anniversary Members of the Kennedy family knee at the grave of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Arlington Nation- al Cemetery Friday, the 45th anniversary of his birth. From left: Sen. Edward Kennedy; his wife, Joan; Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, wife of the assassinated senator; and her children, Mary Kerry, Matthew Maxwell Taylor, Christopher George, Michael LeMoyne and Mary Courtney. (AP Wire- photo) Each day he wore a different and brightly colored suit with matching shirt, tie, handker- chief and socks. His speech was also more colorful, punctuated with ges- tures and rapid movements o! his bulky body. He blamed his collapse on a rigorous, high protein and grapefruit diet and long hours on the case. Mitchell had been charged with assault with intent to mur- der in shooting at 30 unarmed civilians in a ditch in the Viet- namese hamlet of My Lai in 1968. Mitchell tearfully testified he had shot at no one. "I don't like to see my coun- try prosecute any young man who has been sent to said Ossie Brown, Mitchell's lawyer, in closing arguments. "They were over there fight- ing in a country where nobody knows who is an enemy and who is not. They may take candy from you in the daytime and at night show your enemy how to booby-trap Brown said. Hanoi Reports Bombing by U.S. HONG KONG (AP) Radio Hanoi imported that "wave after wave" of U.S. bombers attacked North Vietnam early Saturday, including a prisoner of war camp where the station said there were "a number of U.S. prisoner of war casualties." Radio Hanoi said at least three U.S. jet bombers and one U.S. helicopter were shot down by North Vietnamese defenders during the attack. It said later reports from other areas might increase the plane toll. Interrupting its regular broad- tasting schedule for the bulletin report, the official North Viet- namese radio station said the air attack started at a.m. Hanoi time and lasted more than an hour, with the Ameri- can planes bombing targets in an area ranging from the port city of Haiponk to Hoa Binh Province, southwest of Hanoi. U.S. Will Eye 2-China Policy WASHINGTON (AP) The United States will consult with its allies on what it calls a "new situation" arising from a major- ity vote in the United Nations General Assembly to seat Com- munist China. The resolution proposing to seat Communist China and oust Nationalist China received a 51 to 49 vote but failed because It needed a two-thirds vote to pass. With overtones of develop- ing two-China polity, the State Band, Ribbon Cutting To Open Civic Center "A ribbon cutting backed up by a brass hand will mark Ihe opening Saturday afternoon of Abilene's new million Civic Center, and all West Texas is invited to attend. Opening ceremonies will be at p.m. on the north side of the building adjacent to the parking lot, according to center director Carl Gandy. An open house at the center, which is downtown at Cypress aiid 7th, will last until 5 p.m., Gandy said. The McMurry College hand will play during the opening ceremony with current atid former city officials on hand, Mayor J. C. Hunter Jr. will be master of ceremonies. After the ribbon cutting, the public will be able to tour the lability, Gandy saW. Jayeee- Ettes and members of the Women's CornmHVee o( the 'Abilene Chamber of Commerce will sem as guides as well as sources of Information about the new facility. Bands wftl play throughout the afternoon with McMurry begin- ning the performances with the opening ceremony and con- tinuing on stage until about p.m., according to Civic Center See CENTER, Pg. :-A NEWS INDEX Church Mm 4, 51 11-1 SI Comlct 101 F..M Ill 12A Morfcrtl 1, VI Obituwlti 1U Oil 1IA Soerti 5- 10 A TV Uf 21 TV WMIM'I Ktwt 2, 11 Department deplored any ef- forts to deny Nationalist China its membership but at the same time did not oppose entry of Communist China. Press officer John King said he could not speculate on pro- posals to keep both Chinas in the U. N., and he made clear that "we oppose the member- ship of Communist China at the expense of the expulsion of Na- tionalist China." King said: "We will of course examine all the implications of the new situation in consul- tation of friends and allies." A statement read by King said: "The United States is pleased that the General Assembly has reaffirmed that the Issue of Chinese representation in the United Nations is an important question and that the resolution which sought to expel the Re- public of China has again {ailed to obtain the votes necessary to passage. "We note of course that there is much sentiment in the U. N. favoring admission of Commu- nist China, but we do not believe that a majority favors the ex- pulsion of the Republic of Chi- na." King noted that 25 nation; had abstained from voting on the resolution. King was questioned by news- men about the U. S. policy in- ward universal membership in the United Nations. He said the U. S. approves the principle of universality. Other State Department offi- cials questioned the spokes- man's interpretation. The vole at the General As- sembly came as no surprise to U. S, officials. It was anticipat- ed that the resolution to Mil Pe- king might eke out a narrow margin of two or three voles. It was the first time in 20 years that supporters of Peking had won a majority, and many U.N. diplomats believed it fore- shadowed seating of Communist China within two years. Last year the vote was 48 In favor and 56 against, with 21 ab- stentions. The closest previous vote was a 47-47 tie in 1965. This year Canada and Italy had extended diplomatic recog- nition to Peking, and their new policy was reflected in the vote. WEATHER U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National weather service Pg. 15-D] ABILENE AND VICINITY [40-mllB ra- dius Fair and a IlHFe warmer Saturday. Saturday night and Sunday. Hlgti Saturday and Sunday 80. Low Saturday night 50. Winds will be southerly 15 10 20 mpn, TEMPERATURES Frt. i.m. FrT. p.m, 40 64 41 67 39............. M 33 67 25 65 35 60 32 51 Dfi............. 53 SO 55 58 55 61............. 1UOO 64 Htgli and Tow for 24-hours ending 9 p.m.: 69 and 29. High and low same date last year: 63 Sunsel lasl rrighl: sunrise today; sunset tonight: Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 38.17. Humidily a1 9 p.m.: 37 per cenl. 'Imprisoned' Girl's Dad Kills Himself ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) An elderly man shnt himself lo death Friday minutes befrT he was lo be arraigned on a c ge of keeping his 13-year-old daughter in virtual Isolation at home for her whole life, sher- iff's deputies said. Clark Wiley, 70, was found at his home here with a .38-caliber bullet wound in his head about the same time his estranged wife was entering a plea of inno. West Point Cadet Dismissed Over Shoe Shine 'Mistake' WASHINGTON (AP> _ The case of a cadet who was bounced out of West Point for saying he had shined his shoes when he hadn't was brought to light Friday by Rep. William R. Anderson, FXTcnn. Anderson Identified the cadet as William Freer Puckett, Tul- lahonia, Tenn. In a letter to Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor, Ander- son asked that Punkelt be rein- stated "in the name of simple and honest justice." This Is what happened, Ander- son told Resor: The cadet, standing for a noon meal formation, was asked by an upper clansman when he had last shined his shoes. Puckett replied he had shined them the nigh4, before. Three hours later, Anderson said, the cadet realized he had broken the academy's code of honor since he actually had shined his shoes two days ear- lier. Whereupon he reported his transgression to the proper au- thority. "He was brought before the Honor Board and again repeal- ed the incident, admitting he had said he shined his shoes 'last night' when actually he had not shined the shoes since a couple of days prior to Anderson told Resor. "The result: He was given the alternative of resigning or being dismissed, and was shipped home." Anderson said this seems to him "a fuzzy kind of honor lo hold up lo the nation as an ex- ample of military procedure." Anderson said the young man's dismissal contrasts with some other incidents involving Army personnel and procedure. For instance, he said, the very day he was called by Puck- ett's parents, West Point hon- ored Gen. Nguyen Can Ky, vice president of South Vietnam. Anderson, who recently ex- posed conditions at Con Son prison in that country, said Ky "represents a government which represses its political dis- senters with brutal arrests, tor- ture and imprisonment" under inhumane conditions. "Yet West Point honors this man and dishonors a young American cadet because of a simple mistake which he tried tn rectify as soon as he reflected upon it." cent in nearby Alhambra Mu- nicipal Court on a charge ol fe- lony child abuse. Wiley was to have been taken to court by his son John, 18, and two friends. They arrived at Wiley's home and Wiley asked Ihem lo go out and buy some doughnuts. When they returned, they heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot and discovered the body, authorities said. They said a note found nearby said "John will understand." The couple's daughter Susan, still wearing diapers, is under- going treatment at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Doc- tors say her lifelong confine- ment is the reason she "can only make mumbling sounds in her has partially with- ered muscles in her arms and legs and walks with a stooped shuffle "like an old person." Wiley's wife Irene, 50, had left her husband Nov. 1, Inking the child with her. Susan was ad- mitted to the hospital three days later and when a social worker brought the case to the attention of authorities, the parents were arrested. After his arrest, Wiley told newsmen he was "burning to tell the but his attorney advised him to remain silent un- til a hearing. When Mrs. Wiley was ar- raigned, she hadn't heard of her husband's death. "I was Informed about It after she entered her said tha woman's public defender, Ken- neth Spring, "she was visibly shaken but didn't break down. She Just sat there silent. She was in shock, 1 think." i ;